William Thomas Curnow

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CURNOW, William Thomas

Service no: 4522 [1]

Place of birth: Ironbarks, via Stuart Town

Address: Commercial Hotel, Cumnock

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Richard Rowe Curnow (father), 34 Clinton Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 31 October 1916

Place of enlistment: Bathurst

Age at enlistment: 22

Fate: Embarked HMAT A72 Beltana, Sydney, 25 November 1916. Taken on strength to 30th Battalion 28 May 1917. Wounded in the field 26 October 1917. Transferred to England for treatment and convalescence. Returned to France 24 January 1918. Wounded in action in the field 23 June 1918. Rejoined unit 4 August 1918. Killed in action, France, 31 August 1918

Date of death: 31 August 1918

Buried: Heath Military Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France, Plot 6, Row D, Grave 16

William Thomas Curnow was born in 1894 in Stuart Town, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Curnow. He enlisted on 31 October 1916 at Bathurst. William saw service on the Western Front and was wounded twice before being killed in action on 31 August 1918 when a bomb exploded next to him in a German dugout at Foucaucourt. Comrades buried him in situ and his body was later exhumed and reinterred at the Heath Military Cemetery at Harbonnieres, France.

Private William Curnow is commemorated on the Cumnock WWI Honour Plaque and War Memorial Gates in Obley Street, Cumnock, and on panel number 139 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019

Cumnock NSW War Memorials - William Thomas Curnow [2]

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